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Managing Kaizen Events (2 Day Class)

Effective kaizen events are often a prerequisite for a successful lean transformation. They provide the necessary momentum, organizational learning and engagement, along with sustainable, step/function improvements. The systemic use of kaizen events establishes the technical and cultural foundation for principle-driven kaizen -- the powerful combination of kaizen events and daily kaizen activities.

Regrettably, many organizations suffer from one or more of the following event malpractice symptoms:

  • Little or no measurable business impact
  • Poor linkage to strategic and value-stream imperatives
  • Unsustainable results
  • Unfavorable employee experience
  • Limited organizational learning and growth
  • Insufficient foundation for daily kaizen

This two-day workshop is designed to give participants critical insight into the principles, tools, and techniques that drive effective kaizen events.

KaizenLearning Objectives: At the end of this workshop, you will understand:

  • The foundation and framework of kaizen
  • The lean leader’s role in kaizen
  • How to ensure that kaizen events are “pulled” by what matters (value-stream improvement plans, strategy deployment, etc.)
  • How to effectively pre-plan kaizen events
  • The kaizen event sequence, the seven basic elements, and how to successfully apply them:
  1. Kick-off
  2. Pre-event training
  3. Kaizen “storyline”
  4. Team leader meeting process
  5. Kaizen work strategy
  6. Report-out
  7. Recognition and Celebration
  • How to sustain kaizen gains through post-event follow-through and leader standard work
  • How to develop and deploy the Lean Function – structure, role/responsibility, key result areas, core and technical competencies
  • Understanding the transition from system-driven kaizen to principle-driven kaizen and how to get there

Course Outline:
The workshop is comprised of instruction, discussion, gemba walks, gemba tales (a.k.a. war stories), small-group exercises around pre-event planning, including event selection/scoping, team composition and initial strategy formulation, as well as the review of the host company's kaizen event management. The topics covered are:

  1. Why Drive-by Kaizen Events Are Not Effective…and How to Avoid Them
  2. Kaizen Event Execution and Sustainability - Beyond “Just Do It”
  3. The Lean Function and the Transition to Daily Kaizen 

Who Should Attend:
Those who would benefit from this workshop include:

  • Kaizen practitioners/facilitators in the kaizen promotion office (a.k.a the “lean function”)
  • Lean leaders – value-stream managers, executives, lean steering committee members, etc.



Workshop Suggestion:
To maximize your learning experience we recommend that prior to attending this program you take following workshop or have a good understanding of the concepts presented within it.
Locations and Dates for Managing Kaizen Events
February 21-22
Lean Enterprise Institute
Boston, MA
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Instructor: Mark Hamel
Hotel Discount Available
Important Information About This Event & Location

We encourage you to make hotel accommodations early.

Price: $1,600.00 ($1,400.00 if the participant is taking 2 or more workshops at one location)
Price includes all participant materials, breakfast, lunch and snacks each day

Cancelation Policy
Our workshops are designed to cater to a limited number of participants.  If you must cancel a workshop registration, you will be given a full refund up to four weeks before the workshop.  A cancelation occuring within four weeks of the workshop will be subjected to a $350 cancelation fee.  LEI will not be held personally responsible for any incidental cost incurred (hotel, airfare, change fee, etc).  To cancel a workshop registration, please call LEI at (617) 871-2900.